The self-worth/busy connection = bullshit.

“Hey, long time no see… what’ve you been up to?”’

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“Oh, you know, sooo busy!” Sigh. Eye roll. Cue long spiel about your countless commitments, lack of sleep and little Johnny/Suzy’s umpteen dozen after school activities.

Sound familiar? This seems to be the standard response doesn’t it? Sadly, our sense of self-worth actually seems wrapped up in knowing that others can see how “busy” we are. Why is this? Have we become such a judgemental culture that our those around us will actually think less of us if we aren’t “sooo busy”? Do we really believe that our children need to be in non-stop activities, or that the school bake sale will fail if we say no?

Constantly trying to prove our worth is exhausting and while we’re so busy living our overscheduled lives, we’re missing out on the good stuff. All the best stuff is really in the little moments. Laughing around the dinner table with the kids. A peaceful cup of coffee on the back deck. Watching a beautiful sunset. A quiet walk in the park surrounded by nature. What kind of life is it if we don’t have time for these things, or worse yet, if we feel guilty when we do take the time? 

If that isn’t bad enough, we’re so busy doing it all we are saying yes to things we really, REALLY, don’t want to do. The committees, the bake sales, and all the other bullshit. We create a life of absolutely no boundaries, and let’s face it if we don’t create boundaries then nobody will respect our time. Hell, we don’t respect our own time so why would we expect others to.

And in the midst of our super busy and important lives we not only forget the self care we deserve but we can’t give our best to those we love either. Your kids don’t need to be hauled around to every conceivable activity, they just need some of your undivided attention. What about the birthday card you forgot to send to because you were so busy, or the coffee date with an old friend you didn’t have the time to keep… the most precious gift you can give your loved ones, not to mention yourself, is your time and your undivided attention. 

Can we all just agree that this need to prove ourselves by being too busy to enjoy our life is just not worth whatever our ego is getting out of it? Can’t we all just slow down, let go of as many commitments as possible, get off that damn committee you hate so much and stop overcommitting your kids, they’ll love to have more freedom to just play! Let’s create a more peaceful existence and have more time for the things that matter. And next time someone asks how you are, I hope you can proudly tell them you’ve been taking time to relax and enjoy the little things… and you’re just sooo happy.

 
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MAKERS MONDAY: Zoe MacPherson

I’m a teenage creator from Regina, Saskatchewan just trying to find time to create work for anyone to enjoy.

I create drawings of semi-realism out of alcohol markers. Usually just they are just random characters from my head or people/characters from pop culture. (Cartoons, television shows, etc...)

Why do you create?
I create for extremely selfish reasons, completely and utterly for myself. As long as I like what I’m doing WHO CARES?!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
When I first started drawing I watched a lot of anime (Japanese cartoons) so I would trace the characters from those. I also never really grew up and have continued watching cartoons as a young adult which I believe really sparks my creative side. After tracing some crazy characters I decided to come up with my own,,, and here I am!

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
I used to spend all my time creating, but now I have many other things distracting me. With schoolwork, rehearsal, work, and The 90s sitcom “Friends” it’s hard to make time, but I will! ...soon

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
For me it’s the end product! Sure, the process is exciting, but nothing is better than taking a step back and enjoying something that is finished.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Not quite yet...maybe later (haha)

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy is not just in visual art for me, I am involved in drama programs and I find they have a different kind of creative joy that I just love. The community is amazing and accepting, I could not live without it, I don’t know how I ever did.


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MAKERS MONDAY: skprairiefaerie by Leah Lopez

I am a self-taught creative who loves all things stone and crystals. In November 2015 I decided to turn my passion for stones into a creative venture and that's when skprairiefaerie was born.

I create one-of-a-kind pieces that are purposefully designed with an intent in mind. The stones, beads and charms are selected to further this intent. All pieces are named after a Goddess who's energy emanates the intent behind the piece. All pieces come with a write-up on the intention of the piece and the metaphysical properties of the stones.

I think the one-of-a-kind element along with the write-ups set me apart from others. I want you to have a piece of jewelry that means something to you and that's where the story behind the piece comes into play. It enables you to see yourself at a moment in time within the piece.

Why do you create?
My jewelry aims to strike that inner conversation in yourself for yourself. The write-ups are an attempt to begin that conversation with yourself and to magnify the divine and warrior that lie within to encourage you to do what you need in that present moment to evolve forward. Life is a journey and my hope is that the jewelry provides insight and guidance, clearing space and providing you with the knowledge that everything you need comes from within. The stones magnify what already lies within you. I hope to encourage women and those that self-identify as women to examine and embrace all aspects, both light and dark, in their lives - both are vital to our wholeness and both deserve our love. We should not fear the dark but take the opportunity to explore it so that we might see how it can bring us this wholeness and balance, for we would not know the light without the dark. The pieces I make serve as guides through different points in your life, and the notion of the law of attraction guides you towards what you might need to help you on your journey in a given moment.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
I always wanted to make meaningful jewelry and started by making things for myself and friends when they need a pick-me-up. I always found that when the jewelry I purchased had meaning to it, I would wear it more often and it was more timeless in nature to me. I wanted to create something similar for others, but my designs and concepts have evolved to take a more holistic vision in terms of the energy of the world and what is needed right now. 

I often find I design my pieces based around energy themes that have been rising both for myself and the world around me. I try to take all of this in when I design my collections, so it's more focused than when I started.

I think my designs have also evolved. My current collection features pieces that have dual use so they are two distinct necklaces that can be worn for two different looks, but the stones have been purposefully selected to offer complimentary energy.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
It's NEVER enough! I have young kids so the time I'm able to dedicate is typically at night once they are asleep. They are the focus of my attention when they're awake. : )

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
The most rewarding part of creating is when someone selects a piece for one reason or another and then reads the write-up and they just get this look on their face. To me, that means the piece really resonates with them; they understand why they've been attracted to the piece; and hopefully it has promoted some internal thought or meditation on the concepts I've spoken to. It makes my heart sing.

I also love when people contact me to make them a custom piece. Working with someone to design something for them that really fits with who they are and what they need in a given moment is so much fun and rewarding as well.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Just create. Be you. There is no right or wrong. Just do what you enjoy and the rest will come.

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creating a spark in someone else, lighting them up so to speak so that they can begin to see things or try things from a different perspective. Creating space that allows this to happen for them.

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Where do you draw your inspiration?
From everyday life. There is so much going on in the world around us. Taking time to pause, observe and reflect often results in me scribbling like made in my design book. I take inspiration from listening to birds, walking along a beach, reading about Goddesses, and playing with my kids. 

What is your favorite stone?
My personal favorites are Amethyst and Fluorite. Amethyst has such a calming, soothing energy to it and who can't use that in their daily life. Fluorite always just brings me a gentle wave of refreshing energy, helping me to organize myself and my thoughts. I'm a bit of a scatterbrained person who's generally in a hurry so these are my go-to stones.

What are you obsessed with right now?
So, so many things. Right now the concept of duality - the balance of light and dark is especially at the surface of all I do. Lol, my current collection is designed on this very concept. I'm also obsessed with my kiddos and getting in all the time I can with them as they seem to grow so quickly. Book wise - all things Rumi, reading about Goddesses, and a book called "A Ceremony Called Life" by Tehya Sky - highly recommended!

What is something not many people know about you?
I used to be a weightlifter through CrossFit and actually competed in the team worlds event in Los Angeles. *Cue song - "The more you know"


Website:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/skprairiefaerie

Instagram: @skprairiefaerie


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MAKERS MONDAY: Alexandra Bead House by Krista Rusk

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My name is Krista Rusk. I was born and raised in small town Ontario with dreams of becoming a fashion designer. I went to college in London Ontario to study Fashion Merchandising where I graduated with a diploma 2 years later. I moved to Saskatchewan in fall of 2013 to peruse a job in retail management. Since then, I’ve left that job and moved onto your typical 9-5 day job. With nowhere to express my creativity, I decided to start a small jewellery making business in the fall of 2015. It started with Mala Beads and has now turned to focus on healing bracelets + crystal therapy. I graduated my 200hour yoga teacher training in the summer of 2016 and have been teaching yoga ever since. Finally feeling into the groove of my creativity and flow, I started to offer bracelet making workshops and introducing the powers of crystal healing to the community! I’m now teaching 2 yoga classes a week, hosting healing bracelet workshops almost every weekend and still maintaining my full time job. I’ve got a lot on my plate, but it doesn’t seem like work when you truly love what you do!

I create healing crystal bracelets, crystal grids + crystal pouches. I only use real semi precious stones for all my bracelets and pair them with gold/silver plated charms. The crystal grids I make have been hand carved and printed by another local artist and I use crystals to create sacred geometry and frame them! All of my designs are from the heart. I love making custom pieces to help someone through a time time or if they need a reminder to make self love a priority. My art is unique to others because I take the time to allow my intuition to guide me while making pieces. I feel into what crystal would best benefit the customer and use only positive energy when working with the crystals.

Why do you create?
As I said in my bio, I needed a creative outlet while I started on my 9-5 journey. I’ve always been in positions that I could use my creativity at work, especially in the fashion industry, so I started Alexandra Bead House as a way to unleash and tap into that side of me again. I have realized lately that I also love to create to help guide people towards a happier healthier life. Using crystals + yoga is a beautiful way to help others them themselves!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
My creative process and art practice has evolved so much since I first start Alexandra Bead House in the fall of 2015. I have found reliable and genuine suppliers and I think I’ve really found my style. Being able to tap into why I design jewellery and crystal art has made things a lot more clear for me as well. Even in the last year or so I’ve started to expand and collaborate with other amazing local artists and artisans and that has helped me evolve!

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
I spend as much time as I can working on my bracelets and crystal grids but between working three jobs and making time for self care and family time, it doesn’t seem like it’s enough. My dream is to run my business full time and find a balance within my life’s purpose. Staying on track with my why but also being able to grow my business and allow it to be my way to support myself!

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
The most rewarding part of creating is how happy the customer is when they receive their handmade custom bracelet and to hear how it helped them towards living more on purpose. For me, creating is a way to allow myself to truly be present and in the moment.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Not yet, working on it still :)

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy is to allow the flow of creativity to come over you, get present and tap into the joy that comes when all of that is in alignment



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Valuable Hours

I grew up in a household where hours drawing and reading were valuable hours spent, not seen as a waste of time. (© Mariecke A. Leavitt, 2016 )
 

When I read this it resonated with me. I grew up in that same style. Relaxing was and is acceptable in my parent's home. We did not vilify ourselves for not being productive enough. We did our chores and made our meals like every productive person does in every average household, AND we relaxed. We took time to be quiet with ourselves. We gave ourselves permission to do this. I am continuing a family tradition by raising my children in a household where hours spent drawing and reading are valuable hours. I encourage them to read, draw and create. I believe it teaches them to be comfortable with themselves. It also gives them tools to deal with the hard moments in life. They know how to destress and detox their minds. It is such an important skill in our busy technology fuelled lives. My children embrace the ability to slow down and embrace the mind set of relaxation and living for the quiet moments.

Our whole lives consist of precious moments and valuable hours. How will you spend yours?

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FACILITATOR FRIDAY : Melanie Mitchell

Name: Melanie Mitchell

Business Name: Melanie Mitchell Designs

What medium do you work in? Silks and other fine fabrics, liquid dyes, found objects

What do you make? I create colourful patterned silk scarves and yardage inspired by an ancient Japanese silk painting technique called Shibori. From the yardage, I create one-of-a-kind gowns and accessories.

What compels you to create? It usually starts with the fabric; it tells me what it wants to be. When I run my hand over the fabric, an image will pop into my head ...or it says nothing. It sounds corny and frou-frou, I know, but it is what is ;-)

How did you start creating? I had a quarter life crisis...for serious. I've always been creative but after I graduated high school, I worked a retail job for several years. At 30, out of the blue I started having anxiety attacks. After a bit of soul-searching, my decision to attend the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design helped control the anxiety. But I really knew I had found my place when, in my very first design class, my instructor said "Look around. After today, you will never see the world the same way." And she was right.

Where is your studio is located ? My second bedroom, kitchen table, living room floor...anywhere there is a surface!

Why do you create?: I create for myself, not for others. Of course I want others to love what I'm doing but if they don't thats ok too. I create because it brings me happiness and being surrounded in smooth colourful silk is indescribably satisfying.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio? I have a crush on my tiny 5" ruler. It's the one constant tool I use across all my creative goings-on.

What is unique about your art practice?: To be honest, I'm not sure that it IS unique. In a sense, all shibori patterns are one-of-a-kind as it is difficult to duplicate a design completely, due to the nature of the process. I don't object to experimenting with new ways of doing it, if something comes to me, but I don't actively seek out truly unique ways to create these patterns.

Number of years you have been a crafter or artist. 15 to 20

Describe your work with a movie title. Splash

Would you let us hook up your ‘Recently Played’ list on Spotify to the studio speakers?Absolutely YES

Favorite season and why? Definitely Autumn! I don't like being cold and I don't like being hot and Spring is too messy. Autumn is the perfect temperature with the added bonus of the trees turning the most glorious colors. Maybe not so much here in the Prairies but where I grew up in New Brunswick, it was magical.

Favorite place? My sofa corner curled up with my kitties.

What is your idea of time well spent ? Big bathtub,

Quirky fact... I was a vegetarian for 10 years (1991-2001) ...out of spite for an annoying neighbor who said I'd never be able to do it.

Photos!: Website: https://mjmbathbeauty.wixsite.com/melmitchelldesigns
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mjmbathbeauty
Instagram: @melaniemiychellbathbeautyyqr

MAKERS MONDAY: Tunem Threads by Britt Agrey

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My name is Britt Agrey and I have been making things for my whole life. I seriously got into sewing when my grandma gave me her sewing machine from the 1970s. I am still using this machine today for all of my sewing and I am so grateful that she gave it to me when she no longer needed it. I have recently graduated from the U of S and am returning to school in the fall. I am in love with the outdoors and enjoy spending my free time hiking, camping, cross country skiing, kayaking and traveling to other countries. I also enjoy playing sports such as soccer and dodgeball. I manage to keep myself fairly busy working full time, sewing almost every day and participating in other extra curriculars.

I have always had a keen interest in retro styles and vintage fabrics. I have loved thrifting my entire life and have always strived to reuse and recycle as much as possible. All those aspects come together in Tunem Threads. I am inspired by bold colours and patterns and creating items that are completely unique. All of the clothing and accessories I create are made using recycled and reclaimed textiles and notions, right down to the buttons! Sometimes I may incorporate existing seams into a finished garment, however, I also make items from scratch. I also make clothing that is functional and try to make a variety of sizes that will fit a variety of body shapes. I have most recently started making men's items and am very excited with how they're turning out!

Why do you create?
I create clothing and accessories for men and women from recycled textiles. Currently this includes, dresses, jackets, earrings, bow ties and vests.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
I have learned a lot since I first started sewing. I am mainly self taught but also would not be where I am today without the knowledge, skills and encouragement of my mom! I have always enjoyed using recycled fabrics the most and rarely follow store-bought patterns when I sew. My sewing evolution can mainly be seen in my skill level and ability to make functional, comfortable clothing.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
Recently, I have been sewing daily in preparation for Remix (an annual recycled art show in Saskatoon -April 21st and 22nd, 2018 at the Refinery!!). Sometimes I get "sewer's block" as I like to call it, where I am unsure of what to make and the creativity isn't flowing. Often, mainly during school, I just don't have enough time to sew and put it on the back burner. I am happy that currently, I can sew so frequently! It feels great!

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
For me, I don't start with a pattern or photo. I have an image in my mind of what I would like to create and go from there. It is rewarding when I am able to create exactly what I was imagining and that it worked out well and functional!

Do you have a creative philosophy?
"Don't be afraid to start sewing, there's always a stitch ripper"

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy to me means that I can create items that people feel wonderful in! It also means to me that I can take fabric and an unused garment and turn it into a wearable piece of art!



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12 Steps to a happier life

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In my pursuit of happiness I’ve realized that it doesn’t necessarily require huge life changes, but instead can be achieved by small changes and new habits. The following are just some of the things I’ve tried to implement in my life in an effort to increase my level of happiness. I hope some of them will speak to you in a way that inspires your own happiness journey!

  1. Take technology breaks. We are a society of device addicts, and I am definitely not immune to the infliction, but I do believe we could stand a break. For some that might mean shutting your phone off when you get home from work, putting devices away while you have a family meal and connect with the kids, or maybe banning devices a few hours before bed and reading a book instead. For others it could mean a social media fast for a day, a weekend, a week… maybe a month? There is no right or wrong, just whatever feels right for you!
  2. Make a conscious effort to connect with others. And no I don’t mean on social media! Don’t get me wrong, that certainly has it’s benefits too, but what I’m really talking about is face to face interactions. Join a club or a sports team, take a fitness class or take a class doing something creative! Open yourself up to others with similar interests to you and you could find yourself making some new friends, something we can find more difficult to do as adults.
  3. Disconnect from toxic people and relationships. This one can be a tough one, but it’s imperative to preserve your own happiness and mental health. Sometimes this can even mean distancing yourself from a family member, and that’s ok too. Don’t feel guilty about protecting yourself from toxic people, no matter their relationship to you, caring for your mental health is far too important.
  4. Listen to music! Create playlists of your favorite songs. I have a habit of discovering a new song and blasting it on repeat while I drive, clean or just dance. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, enjoy it!
  5. Stop exposing yourself to negative media. Take for example today’s obsession with “reality tv”, is it just me or do these seem like the furthest thing from reality? At the very least not a reality I want to live in where everyone is fighting, criticizing and belittling each other. Although there is sure to be exceptions to the rule, it seems that reality tv glorifies the lowest of human behaviours and accentuates the disconnect in our society. Unfollow those who constantly post negative messages and false news, you don’t need that in your life.  Why not find some positive social media influences and follow them instead, there are plenty of people who are on the same journey of self discovery as you. 
  6. Stop glorifying busyness. Our culture is infamous for this, and unfortunately even more so as women. In our society we tend to measure our self worth by how busy we are and how stressful our schedules have become. I don’t know about you but this is how I have lived for years and I am exhausted. Let’s stop glorifying busyness and slow down a little.  Stop overscheduling our children, stop saying yes to every bloody thing you are asked to do, and start making down time a priority in your life. 
  7. Feel all of your feelings, every last one of them. Acknowledge that it is not possible to feel constantly happy. Relationships can be difficult, work can be stressful, life is and ebb and flow of emotions and experiences and that is ok.  It’s ok to be sad sometimes, to be angry, to feel down. Acknowledge those feelings, feel them, work through them and then let them go. Remember that without the darkness we would never appreciate the light.
  8. Have fun! Be silly and incorporate some kind of play into every day. You can play with your kids or your pets, take a fun class, or put on your favorite playlist and just dance! So many of us stop playing when we grow up, isn’t that sad? Not everything needs to be so serious, just lighten up! 
  9. Laugh!! Nothing perks up your mood like a good belly laugh. Put on a funny movie, watch some funny you tube clips, read a funny book or reminisce about funny experiences in your own life. Whatever tickles your funny bone make sure you’re laughing every day… this is a big one!
  10. Enjoy nature. I know, I know… it’s Canada and winter makes this one difficult. In those cold months try to get out as much as you can, at the very least crack the windows for a few minutes to let in some fresh air. And once the snow melts get out there and enjoy it all! Get your bare feet on the grass, in the dirt or, my personal favorite, on that glorious sandy beach! Sit quietly and observe the animals around us, they are the ultimate inspiration to live a simple life. Go for a walk in the park and listen to the sounds of nature, take a bike ride, dig in your garden or flower beds. Just get out there in whatever way speaks to you.
  11. Be kind to yourself. Stop the constant self criticism and instead try complimenting yourself. Stop comparing yourself to unrealistic social media images… the majority of us don’t really look like that. And remember that nobody’s life is as perfect as what we see posted online. We all really just want to be loved and accepted, and that begins with love and acceptance of ourselves and who we are right now.
  12. Consider ways to simplify your life. Minimalism is not just about decluttering your home and reducing your purchases, although this is a big part of it. Minimalism is ultimately about stripping away the excess of everything that does not bring value to your life including possessions, relationships, activities and beliefs. As you rid your life of the unnecessary, you will have so much more time and energy to give to your priorities in life and can finally find the kind of balance we all crave. And isn’t that what finding happiness is all about… devoting our lives to what matters and stripping away the rest?

These are some of the ideals I am working hard to implement into my own life. It isn’t always easy and I’m not always successful. Some days I feel down and I just have to sit with it until I find the energy to get back on track, and that’s ok. Just commit to implementing some of these ideas into your life and see where it takes you, make your happiness a priority.

 
 

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MAKERS MONDAY: Clover & Tine by Jessica Klaassen

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Hello! My name is Jessica and I am the creator of Clover & Tine jewelry. I am a mama to three little kids and a wife to my husband, Jared. I've always enjoyed being active and spending time outdoors. When I started dating Jared he introduced me to "shed hunting." Essentially shed hunting is searching for antlers that have dropped. Bucks shed their antlers each spring and grow a new set by fall. We enjoy hiking through the river hills near our home in search of these antlers. My business was born after seeing a picture of an antler tip necklace on Instagram and thinking, I could totally make that! After persuading my husband to let me use some of his antlers I starting designing and creating!

I create beautiful jewelry made with deer antlers. All of the antlers used in my creations have been naturally shed (dropped), so no animals were hurt in the process. No two antlers are the same, so each piece is unique. The antlers I use have been picked up from members of my family (most likely my husband). Our whole family enjoys the adventure of shed hunting though, even the little ones join in on the fun. Recently I added a Mica necklace to my shop as well. Mica rock is a raw beauty that is found in the river hills where we hike.

Why do you create?
I think I've always enjoyed creating things. It's fun dreaming something up and then seeing it through!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
Since starting I have become more confident in my ability to design and create jewelry. I have had to try and fail a number of times in order to figure out what works well for me.

What is the most rewarding part of creating? 
I enjoy seeing other people excited about my creations and that inspires me to keep on creating.

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What are some of the challenges you face as a creator?
As a mom of three little ones it can be hard to find the time and energy to play around with different designs and keep the creative juices flowing.



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FACILITATOR FRIDAY: DeLee Grant

Name: DeLee Grant

Business Name: DeLee Grant “ARTOGRAPHY”

What medium do you work in? Acrylic, Oil and Fine Art Photography

What do you make? Paintings and photographic prints

What compels you to create? I create art because it has always given me joy. Even as a child in elementary school, I could not wait for “art class”. In later years, it became a form of meditation.

How did you start creating? I was fortunate to have a mother who was an artist, so I was exposed to the joys of creating at a very early age. I have two siblings but I was the only one that acquired this passion to “create”.

Where is your studio is located ? I have to biggest studio in the world - the great outdoors. During winters and in climate weather, particularly in Saskatchewan, I am driven indoors to my studio which is a double car garage. I convinced my husband, the cars had to find a new location.

Why do you create? It is just something in me, something I am driven to do.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?: Actually I have two favourite tools. My plein air easel and my palette knife. I love wielding my palette knife. I have one favourite one I always reach for when I get the notion to slap some paint around.

What is unique about your art practice? I have travelled to several parts of the world to create scenes in “plein Air”. As well, I have taken numerous workshop from “plein air” instructors to learn tips and techniques.

Number of years you have been a crafter or artist: 25+

Describe your work with a movie title: THE SOUND OF MUSIC or DANCES WITH WOLVES

Would you let us hook up your ‘Recently Played’ list on Spotify to the studio speakers?
Gasp NO

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently? Last week I was filtering through old clothes and realized that I may have a problem!!! I’ve saved a “onesie” purchased at the ARMY AND NAVY 38 years ago and realized this could be considered as “hoarding”. I’ve convinced myself I’m just “sentimental” and this is NOT actually hoarding.

Favorite season and why? Without a doubt - SPRING

Favorite place? Cypress Hills and Waterton National Park

What is your idea of time well spent ? Exploring various hiking trails wherever we travel (locally and internationally)

Quirky fact... I rode a camel for 2 days across the Wadi Rum Dessert in Jordan and drank freshly gathered unpasteurized camel milk with the Bedouins.

Photos!
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MAKERS MONDAY: Saltine Baking Company by Ashley Schmalenberg

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Saltine Baking Company is a Regina based micro-bakery with a focus on producing naturally leavened sourdough breads and savoury pastries. Owned and operated by founder Ashley Schmalenberg, Saltine has been supplying the Regina community with organic breads and pastries since the Spring of 2014. 

Though we have no permanent storefront currently, all of our bread is mixed & baked within the local food hub Best Food Forward. Currently we bake every Saturday through January & February for the Food Hub Market and each Saturday during the Regina Farmers Market season, March through December. You can also currently receive our bread through our Breadshare program which is a subscription based monthly menu with biweekly pickups.

Our line of products is ever-changing but our focus is always the same, supplying our community with high quality organic sourdough breads and pastries. All of our products are made using local organic flours from Saskatchewan producers R&J Milling and Daybreak Mills & are mixed by hand in small batches. 

Our breads are 100% naturally leavened, which means they contain no commercial yeast. They rise using our 5 year old sourdough starter, which we fermented ourselves before beginning our business! Though it can be long, we take great pride in our baking process which can run from 24-36 hours start to finish. We believe that good things take time.

We also are proud to say that we produce many individual bread & pastry components by hand, such as pickles, preserves & cheeses. Not only do we take great joy in doing this, it allows us to know exactly what we are giving to our customers.

Why do you create?
Our passion for good, flavourful food and bread runs deep. The joy of breaking bread & sharing a meal is something that brings us all together and always has. It is not always an easy journey - working through the night, running markets on little to no sleep & stamping hundreds of bread bags each week (as many market vendors know!). Yet our community continues to support us and to remind us of why we do what we do. Seeing the smiling, familiar faces & hearing how much customers enjoy our baking is the reason we keep on moving. The support we’ve received over the past four years, and this past year especially has been overwhelming to say the least & we are so humbled by it. It gives us the drive to keep pushing & dreaming for a permanent home someday!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started? 
Our microbakery has been running for four years now and things have certainly changed! When we began we used to rent Fourth and James Bakery out in Lumsden. This meant running from my restaurant job out to Lumsden, baking overnight, driving home, hauling everything up to my third floor apartment for a few hours of sleep before hauling it back down & to the Farmers Market. Once winter hit & highway driving through the night was no longer a viable option, we began sharing the Food Bank kitchen for a few months with our friends at Local and Fresh, before eventually it baking for nearly a year from home. In 2016 we had outgrown our home kitchen substantially and headed to our current space at Best Food Forward. It’s not easy being a moving kitchen! Each step of the way is a learning process for us, and we truly believe it helps us grow as entrepreneurs for our eventual shift to our own space.

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy is something we think about often. It is so easy once you transition your passion into your life’s work to get lost in the day to day stressors and forget why you’re here. Running a creative driven business is not always doing the job your passionate about, as any entrepreneur can tell you! Personally, I believe it’s about finding those little moments of light that remind you why you started in the first place. For me it’s a perfectly fermented starter, a loaf of bread that blooms beautifully in the oven or a croissant dough that was laminated just right. All of these snippets lead to my sense of accomplishment after the marathon that is prepping, mixing, shaping, baking and packaging for Market. Never mind the fact that I get to send out a few hundred loaves of bread each week to the people of Regina to share with their family and friends. This alone brings me creative joy each week. That, plus the smell of bread fresh from the oven is satisfying each and every time!

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Embrace the Shake

If you've met me, then you might already know that I have an essential tremor. Something you might not know is that I inherited this from my father's side of the family. My grandmother has a pronounced shake. I had a 50% chance of receiving this very unique DNA flaw. I was the lucky one. My brother appears to have come through unscathed, although time will tell.

I will not lie to you and say that I am ok with this turn of events. Some days I shrug and think "whatever!" and some days I throw myself a pity party. No matter how I feel on any given day I am living with a shake. 

The shake shows up in my hands (mostly the left hand) and my head. My head is most often what people notice. It shakes back and forth like I am saying NO. There is a "Yes" shake option but I received the negative one. Sorry for those who think I am disagreeing with everything, I am really quite agreeable.

I was diagnosed with essential tremors just before turning forty (along with declining close up vision and some gravity induced flaws, I don't care to mention).
The shake is not Parkinsons, the neurologist said to me.
Thank goodness, I said, Will it get worse?
I don't know, it might stabilize at any point or it might get worse, he said.

I was aghast. I am an artist and photographer. I work with my hands. I quickly went through the shocked "WTF. Seriously!" stage and moved into the Pity Party stage "Of course this happened to me". Then moved into the next phase mild acceptance, the intermittent shaking wasn't too bad and maybe, just maybe it wouldn't get worse. 

It became my dirty little secret. Why I thought I could keep it a secret is beyond me. Remember... I had grown up with someone who has a tremor. My paternal grandmother has had her tremor for as long as I can remember. She has always shaken quite vigorously with a negative shake in her head and a pronounced voice tremor. My friends would ask me "Why does she do that?" I would always answer "I dunno, she just always has". I never thought to ask because it was just normal. Part of who Grandma is. I never questioned the tremor.  

But now I was. Dang it! I read everything I could get my hands on. Not much there. Drugs, surgery. One bright point is that I could  have botox shots to look forward to. (Maybe I can get some botox for the gravity induced changes). Anyway, at this stage, I was quite upset and quite frankly things felt a bit hopeless. At this point, this could have gone many different ways. I could become a hermit. I could quit art and photography. I could re-train for some 'normal' job. But, creating art isn't just my passion, it's my life. I have been an artist my whole life. How can I just turn into something, someone else? 

Creativity is why I get up in the morning. It makes me happy. I will not give it up. I will figure out how to work with my shake.

Two things about me: I have a shake and I am really quite stubborn. I am going to keep creating art as long as I can.  My shake is getting worse but I am going to embrace the shake.

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The shake won't stop Kristin from creating art. Read more about KRISTIN HERE.

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MAKERS MONDAY: Flora Plant Co. by Zoe Hanson

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Growing up in Regina, I have always loved working and supporting local. With a free spirited personality, I've always aspired to be my own boss, and collaborate with artists and other entrepreneurs. Combining that with my love of plants, I've found the perfect balance.

My main focus right now is creating terrariums that feature beautiful plants. Using different decorative materials including, but not limited to, sand, rock, slate, shells, and moss. My art is unique from others because no terrarium is the same. Being inspired by different plants, it gives me the creative ability to make unique work.

Why do you create?
Working with terrariums began as a creative outlet, and transformed into a life passion. Teaching people and seeing their personalized finished products inspires me to continue creating my own.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
Starting out working with potting and gardening in my own home, then becoming comfortable working with different types of plants and not being afraid of experiment with varieties. Now, I plant terrariums with no fear that they will die, because I have the knowledge and experience to care for them and let them thrive.



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MAKERS MONDAY: Möbius Threads by Jaylene Andres

I am a wife and mother of 2 from small town Saskatchewan. Back in high school I learnt to sew in Home Economics class and from the talents of my mother. It wasn't until I was married and expecting my first baby that I started to sew again. I pulled out my sewing machine that we received as a wedding gift and sewed baby blankets for my little. When my maternity leave was up, I wanted to stay at home with my daughter so I created Möbius Threads. It started as sewing a scarf for myself and then my parents asked me to sew scarves for my nieces and friend's daughter. It just grew from there.

I sew Möbius scarves, headbands and nursing scarves, an infinity with a twist. The twist is what makes my product unique. I use mostly cottons but have branched out into performance and bamboo fabrics to make my headbands purpose specific to athletics. I research a great deal to find unique one of a kind fabrics. My signature Möbius design involves comboing two different fabrics together for scarves. These are my creations and you can't get them anywhere else. I have products for men, women and children.

Why do you create?: I feel a sense of pride with my creations. I made that! It is totally true when you hear a Maker does a Happy Dance every time they make a sale. I am that Maker! I am beaming with excitement when I see someone wearing my products. I create because it makes me happy.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?: Oh Wow! It has evolved a great deal over the last 5 years. One of my customers that have bought from me continuously through the 5 years could show you the evolution of Möbius Threads. I started off with double loop ladies scarves with just one fabric. As this was a popular product for winter but not so much for summer, I developed headbands so that I could make a go of this throughout the whole year. After awhile I attained a serger, started sewing on Möbius Threads woven tags and changed the technique for the finishing seam. I brought in New and different kinds of fabrics, I developed a couple New products like the Mother's Mobius and the His Mobius. I now offer headbands for children, moisture wicking headbands for adults, kids winter scarves, adult combo scarves with two fabrics, adult Deep Freeze scarves and recently coming out with children's fleece neck warmers. I have gone through a lot of trial and error on what products and fabrics work and don't work. I have had to learn a great balance between what I like and what my ideal customer likes.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough? : As much as I can. I had my second baby two months ago so my time recently has been focussed on my son but I get a chance every now and then to get back to my sewing machine. Now seems to be my marketing and development time. I am still trying to balance my time between family and Möbius.

What is the most rewarding part of creating?: Randomly seeing customers wear my product. We were getting out flu shots this past fall and one of the nurses was wearing one of my scarves.

Do you have a creative philosophy?: My daughter keeps telling me that Mistakes are Awesome. Lol. I try keep that in mind. 
Creating unique one-of-a-kind combination scarves to help customers show their personality.

What does creative joy mean to you?: The excitement when I combo two fabrics together for a scarf that I would have never thought of originally.


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MAKERS MONDAY: Melanie Mitchell Bath & Beauty by Melanie Mitchell

Hello, my name is Melanie Mitchell. I was born and raised in Miramichi, New Brunswick. In 2003, anxiety and depression led me on a desperate search to find myself and satisfy my creative personality. I studied for 5 years at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design and graduated in 2008 with diplomas in Textiles/Surface Design and Fashion Design. Following graduation, I taught at NBCCD for 7 years in both the Textile and Fashion studios. To keep busy during the summers and weekends, in addition to teaching silk painting workshops, (and to be quite honest, supplement my lip balm addiction) I started experimenting with bath and beauty products. In 2015, when my husband’s job relocated us to Cold Lake, Alberta, the lack of textile and fashion jobs in that area lead me to expand on my bath and beauty business.  

Long story short, another relocation in 2017 brought me to the wonderful world of Regina and my serendipitous introduction to Red Fox Creative Studio. I am now blessed to indulge in BOTH of my passions: Textiles and Bath!

I have two creative outlets: creating colourful textures on silk with dye and making bath & beauty products. For Silk Painting I use cool marbles, stretchy elastics, hard wood, metal clamps and colourful dyes to create eye-pleasing pattens on smooth silk. For Bath & Beauty I use luscious oils, fine sugars, rich butters, enticing fragrance and essential oils to create luxurious products that pamper and soothe the body and mind. Though their mediums are very different, the final products from both are meant to indulge the senses.

Why do you create?: From an early age, thanks to a quilt made for my by my Grammie, I fell in love with texture as a means of self soothing. Silky fabrics, smooth rocks, warm sands, creamy custards, spicy cloves, tart limes and velvety lotions are all things that make me swoon. The things I create now all contain materials and ingredients that transform into products with textures that makes me feel good. *Fun fact: I still have that quilt! I've carried it around with me from city to city and lost and found it too many times to count. It's in scraps now, held together by an old school metal diaper pin!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?: I used to try and do ALL THE THINGS! Everything I enjoyed making, I would add to my product line and sell at markets. It became too much and I realized that my business was certainly colourful but it really had no identity. So I came up with a philosophy and weeded out the items that didn’t fit. Not to say that I don’t still try new things, (just take a look at my studio and all the projects I WILL finish!) I just make them for myself now :-)

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough? : I am a wonderful dreamer and a terrible procrastinator. I can sit for hours being inspired by the internet and thinking up grand ideas that mostly stay in my head. But, as a wise instructor once told me, the mental research is just as important as the making!

What is the most rewarding part of creating?: I’m not going to lie, I love when my work is adored by other people... that throwback feeling of being a little girl and having my work hung on the fridge. But I also love to adore others and praise them for their accomplishments…that’s why I teach!

Do you have a creative philosophy?: Be unabashedly self-indulgent! I believe everyone deserves a little pampering and self indulgence in their lives and should not feel bad about it! Taking care of yourself first means that you can then be mentally free to take care of other important things in your life, wholeheartedly, without resentment.

FACILITATOR FRIDAY: Kristin MacPherson

Name: Kristin MacPherson

Business Name: Kristin MacPherson Studio

What medium do you work in? I work a bunch of media depending on my mood. These are my favourites; acrylic, encaustic, mixed media collage, photography. 

What do you make? I primarily create images of people. Acrylic and encaustic portraits and photography

What compels you to create? I feel an itch or restlessness that I have learned to recognize. It means I need to do something creative.

How did you start creating? My Mom and Dad always gave me the art supply tools I needed to create. My mom taught me to sew and knit. I have been surrounded by crafters and artists in my family. Everything from fibre arts to woodworking to oil painting. They created and I soaked it up. I idolized them.

Where is your studio is located ? Currently I have been concentrating on encaustics. I do that at my husbands shop in a room he has set aside for me. The other work, including photography, I create at Red Fox Creative Studio. That is not a plug….literally all my other supplies live at Red Fox now. :))

Why do you create? Creating artworks allows me to express my perception of the world. Like writing in a diary. It is a transference of my feelings into my art. It is a compulsion, I think.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio? My camera. I use my photography in my collage work. I use it for reference photos. I use it for taking copy work images of my artworks for documentation and reproduction, and I use it to create images. I am sooooo happy that I learned photography. It has been an excellent supplement to my art practice.

What is unique about your art practice? I think the fact that I am actually trained as a photographer. I was trained to see and understand light. This skill has helped me create depth in my work.

Number of years you have been a crafter or artist: Since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I will tell you my age in person, but I am not typing it here :))

Describe your work with a movie title: the Skeleton Key

Would you let us hook up your ‘Recently Played’ list on Spotify to the studio speakers? Absolutely YES.  It is very eclectic.

What is the most interesting thing that happened to you recently? I was in Hawaii with my husband when the missile threat that turned out to be an accidental alert happened. That was interesting...

Favourite season and why? I love Summer. I can be at one of my favourite places Riverhurst which is 5 minutes from Diefenbaker Lake. ♥️

Favourite place? Riverhurst / Palliser Park. My Mom grew up there. I get to hang with all of my family. The internet is terrible so we live like 1985. Play games, sit around the fire and talk. It is the absolute best!! ♥️

What is your idea of time well spent ? Hanging with my hubbie, our 3 kids and our 2 dachshunds. If the weather is warm and we are sitting on the deck…I am in heaven.

Quirky fact… I am pretty quirky so this is hard to just pick one:)  I love to travel. I am not picky about where. I just like seeing new things. Want to go to Loon Lake, SK? Acme, AB? Miami, MB? Why yes…yes I do.

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